A five-label incarnation of my four-facet thinking framework

October 9, 2010


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After my earlier post on a four-facet thinking framework I had some discussions with Riekert du Preez where we tried applying that way of think to his MBA research. His research, by the way is about Green IT.  I want to share some of our thoughts, albeit with a more general question than what Riekert’s research addresses.

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A four-facet framework for thinking holistically about questions

October 7, 2010

All of us need to answer questions all the time. Clearly factual questions are easy, one knows the answer or not. However, most questions are not well-formed. So how do one make sure that you consider the question from a holistic perspective?

While detail will differ for every question, I believe in using framework as a starting point. In the last several years I developed my framework for thinking about complex questions, specifically if they need action from my side.  The framework has its roots in the IDEF0 modeling method, although it now looks nothing like it, and has nothing to do with functional descriptions anymore. To explain it let me give an example question. Say I’m contemplating “What changes should I introduce in my IT Management” module?” Read the rest of this entry »